We’ll be hosting all kinds of performance at Base Camp: music, theatre, storytelling, performance art, as well as impromptu sessions around the fire. Here are some of the sessions from our uncivilised bill.
Three Acres and a Cow with Rachel Rose Reid and Robin Grey
‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, the housing crisis and transition town and food sovereignty movements via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.
Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.
Featuring Rachel Rose Reid and Robin Grey, see For more information: http://threeacresandacow.co.uk
Hole Earth with Robert Leaver
I’ve been digging holes around the world. Alone in the wilderness, in cities with an audience, in snow, sand, flinty hard ground and rich black soil. I dig a round hole and when the hole is ready I get down inside. I stay for a little while curled up in the fetal position, listening. When I’m done I rise again, fill in the hole, and move on. I write about each hole.
Hole Earth is, among other things, a piece of physical work, a ritual, a protest, an offering, a death and a rebirth. It is an attempt to meet the Earth in a different way and to rise up out of it with a new sense of place and purpose. I feel that in many ways Dark Mountain brought me to Hole Earth, so to dig at Base Camp feels appropriate. I urge others to dig their own hole, or to simply gather round and bear unruly witness as I do my thing.
For Hole Earth writing, photos and video visit www.robertoleaver.com
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female folk duo; Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall. They sing close harmonies and blend a mix of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both have their own distinctive sound and bring together memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain.
Crow Puppets have performed extensively throughout England and have had airtime on UK, European and American Radio. Their 2013 album Whispering Hills, Tangled Hair was recorded in a cabin in Cornwall over two days by Nick Marshall and they are currently recording their second.
STONE with Em Strang
A Vision Quest of the Soul
‘Stone’ is a mythopoetic, narrative poem, written by Em Strang and illustrated by Mat Osmond. The poem is set in an imaginary post-collapse world and explores the life of a man who has taken to the hills, not as a gung-ho survivalist, but as someone trying to understand what it means to be human in a world ‘where there are more animals than men’. If stories seed us, the poem asks, why is it we persist in sowing and tending toxic ones?
All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the Scottish charity, Trees For Life, working to restore the Caledonian forest.
Em Strang is a poet, editor and prison tutor. Her writing preoccupations are with ‘nature’, spirituality and the relationship between the human and nonhuman. Her first collection, Bird-Woman, is coming out with Shearsman in the autumn.
The Kestor String Band
The Kestor String Band plays purple moorgrass music – a genre born when a mad Celtic fiddler and a bluegrass banjo scientist met in a forgotten Dartmoor stone circle and conjured up a killer bass and guitar rhythm section.
Thylacine Tribute Cabaret with Feral Theatre
Burned out from two centuries of mass extinction funerals and having given up on the possibility of closure, Feral Theatre bring you instead exceptional spectral acts, glitter and the last shreds of their dignity – in homage to the thylacine on the 80th anniversary of its extinction.
Feral Theatre began making theatre in 2007, working in dilapidated spaces and outdoors on beaches and in woodlands. Their work aims to bridge the gaps between inner and outer worlds, audience and place, the theatrical and the personal. They explore loss, memory and interconnectedness, generating timely theatre that does not flinch from asking uncomfortable questions.
Fly Yeti Fly
Second in our line-up of local acoustic musicians are Fly Yeti Fly, a singer-songwriter duo from Devon who love the South West’s rivers and valleys and live off-grid on an island in Belgium. Inspired by classic folk and country music, their music blends vocal harmonies with intricate guitar/mandolin arrangements and tells tales of love, loss and living off the land.